NEW Nhill coach Simon Grover is confident he can lead the Tigers to finals football in 2014.
Grover, who put pen to paper this week, feels he has the cattle to continue Nhill’s rise up the Wimmera Football League ladder.
“The improvement we had last season compared with the year before was outstanding. Now my aim is to get the side into finals,” he said.
“Once you make finals it’s a totally different ball game, as Horsham Saints showed last season.”
Growing up in Queensland, Grover got his first taste of football playing for Brisbane-based side Aspley.
He won two AFL Queensland senior premierships in 1989 and 1990, but it was not until 1998 that he got a crack at coaching the club’s under-18s side.
A move to North Queensland saw Grover take up a coaching role at Townsville Football League side University Hawks, where he won back-to-back flags in 2002-03.
A greenskeeper by trade, Grover has been in Nhill for almost a decade after moving to the area for a job at Nhill Golf Club.
He has had various roles at Nhill Football Club, including reserves coach in 2005 and assistant coach to Simon Brearley in 2011.
Grover said the number one priority was to regain the core group of players and build on it.
“At the moment it’s looking good,” he said.
“We’re looking at recruiting some experienced key position players to continue on our progress from last season.”
Grover hoped to take a leaf out of reigning premier Dimboola’s book and push for a vast improvement in fitness next season.
“I think that was a massive reason behind their success last season and the same with Horsham in the decade before that,” he said.
The club has also announced former coach Darren Weavell as the director of football and is in talks with possible assistant coaches.